Discover the unforgettable Wild Atlantic
The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest coastal drive stretching over 2500 kilometres. Whether you are driving the whole route, discovering a small section, or simply visiting Galway City, there are many reasons why you should take time to explore this county. Remember to sometimes leave your car behind and see the Wild Atlantic Way from another perspective, whether that be from the sea, on horseback, by foot or bike. From your waterfront Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway, you can enjoy instant access to one of Ireland’s most cultural cities. In addition, a short drive takes you to some of the nation’s most visited attractions, such as the famous Cliffs of Moher and Burren Geopark.
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Geopark
The magnificent UNESCO Cliffs of Moher stretch eight kilometres and tower 214 metres at their highest point above the Atlantic. Check out the informative visitor centre before heading out to follow the cliff top walkways where dramatically spectacular views are guaranteed. Near the highest point is O’Brien’s Tower. It was built in 1835 and makes for the ultimate look out point. Burren Geopark is a geologist’s dream, but also a fascinating stop for anyone interested in beautiful natural scenery, with nine geosites within the park. At the visitor centre, you will be met with information about each site, so you can learn as you explore. The Geopark is a celebration of Ireland’s natural fauna and geological features including limestone, granite, fossils and beaches.
Castles and Abbeys
Along the Wild Atlantic Way, you will not only be inspired by stunning scenery, but rugged coastlines, cliffs and inlets, not to mention the Connemara mountains to the north of Galway City. On your journey, keep your eyes peeled for castles and abbeys, such as the 16th century medieval Dunguaire Castle and Kylemore Benedictine Abbey with its Victorian walled gardens.
Medieval, yet modern, Galway City
Passing through Galway County would not be complete without a stop at the city of Galway, the county’s capital. It is modern but at the same time stays true to its medieval roots, filled with cobblestone streets, vibrant buildings and a lovely harbour. Top city highlights include the Spanish Arch, a 16th century bastion and Eyre Square, the main square surrounded by boutiques and stores. Make sure you also check out the popular area of Salthill.
Base yourself at Radisson Blu, perfect for day trips from Galway City to some of Ireland’s most breathtaking sights.